Covering oneself in mud, scaling an inflatable wall, and crawling through a tunnel is not how most people spend their Sunday mornings. But for competitors in the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series, it’s business as usual. During a 5K or 10K, participants test their endurance and strength as they tackle more than 15 challenges in between sprints. These include leaping over marine hurdles, walking across balance beams, and clenching your teeth until tiny wings sprout from your ankles. Youngsters can join in on the fun, too—the Adventure Kids course pits ages 4–13 against child-sized obstacles and a mud pit. Following the race, winners in their division earn awards, then celebrate during a post-race after-party complete with live music.
A First Impression renews homes with new carpets, upholstery, and bedding and has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News for its ability to revitalize furniture. Much like a shape-shifting silver dollar, A First Impression’s custom projects vary in price, but pricing starts at $45 per hour for labor plus the cost of materials. Line foot highways in new floor fur, choosing from more than 15 brands. The cost of carpet is $19.95 per yard, which includes installation and 7-pound padding. Homeowners can also redecorate rooms with drapes ($58 for a 2’ window including installation), reupholstered dining-room chairs ($35 each), sofas ($99/ft. plus a flat labor rate of $99), or custom sheets, comforters, and pillowcases ($45/hour for labor, material costs vary).
On first impression, J Raw Fitness seems a strange name for trainer Jude Lee’s Westlake Village fitness studio. Having refined his workout programs over the course of 20 years in the fitness industry, Lee’s skills are anything but raw. No moniker, however, could more fittingly describe the personal and group workouts he and his team of trainers lead students through on a daily basis—intense, no-nonsense routines that sculpt muscles and take no calories prisoner. The large, brightly lit facility hums with energy as students of all abilities sweat and grunt through high-intensity cardio classes, yoga stretches, and dumbbell lifts. The diverse list of classes is just one means by which the trainers strive to keep workouts interesting and varied; on the first Sunday of every month, they head down to a local beach to conduct fitness boot camps and arm-wrestle muscle-bound octopuses.
If you peek into the Skinny Wimp Moving Co office, you might catch a glimpse of the company's movers engaged in an impromptu weight-lifting session. But they won't be lifting traditional dumbbells; instead, they train by repeatedly lifting heavy appliances and weighted chairs through door jambs. The goal of these exercises isn't just to build muscle: it's also to perfect carrying techniques so that they can transport belongings quickly without scratching walls or narrow doorways. Working in groups, the licensed, insured movers use these techniques to take the stress out of local and long-distance relocations.
For more than 50 years, the design consultants at The Window Fashion Pros have helped clients outfit their homes with custom shutters, shades, blinds, and vinyl replacement windows. The pros begin with in-home consultations to size window treatments and devise decorating plans, and the finished products are usually ready to beautify homes within a week.